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2018 Chicago Innovation Awards Nominees

Congratulations to our 2018 nominees!

1 Safe World,

10th Avenue Tea, 10th Avenue Tea

220 Youth Leadership, 220 Youth Leadership

2Blades Foundation, 2Blades Inside: durable genetic resistance to crop disease

2nd Story, 2nd story’s Workplace Programming




A1PlusSoft, Inc., Automated PCI Test Tool

Abbott, FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System

Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center

Actualize Therapy, Actualize Therapy

adBidtise, adBidtise

Adler Planetarium, The Aquarius Project

Advanced Valve Technologies, a Clock Spring Company, EZ Valve™

Aegis AI , Aegis AI

Aeropayments LLC, AeroPay

Aerospec Technologies LLC, AeroSolar


AllianceChicago, AllianceChicago Health Research & Education (HRE) Division

aLoo, aLoo valve

Ama La Vida, ALV Career Designer Method

American Ventures, Ltd., The SandPad LandPad All Terrain Stabilizer

Annaid, Slide and Plug

ApartmentJet, ApartmentJet

Archer Daniels Midland Company, FDME (furan dicarboxylic methyl ester) plant

Arcutek, Ethical Hacking-as-a-Service

Argonne National Laboratory, SAS4A/SASSYS-1

Ariel Precision Medicine, ArielDx, PancreasDx

Arkay Marketing & PR, Catch a Shift

ARMigami LLC, ARMigami

ARO – Administrative Resource Options, INC, ARO Cares Employee Support Fund

Aspire Chicago, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Career Academy

AtkCo, Vize- Agile Learning Platform

Avail, Avail

AVANT Communications, The AVANT Communications BAttleApp

Avionos, Avionos Rapid Innovation Approach



BareItAll Petfoods, goBARE Dog & Cat Treats

Be Sports Minded, People Analytics for Scouting and Player Development

Beautiful Brown Bag, Beautiful Brown Bag

Beltech LLC, High Energy Battery Materials

BenchPrep, ACT Online Prep™ program

Bevy, Bevy

Binfer, Binfer – Secure communication

BIOLIFE4D, Cardiac Patch

BiomeSense, Inc., BiomeSense, Inc.

BizStrat Technology Corporation, urEZWeb

Blazin’ Babes

Block Six Analytics, Inc., Optical Character Recognition

Blue Nova Technology, LLC, Light-Life Platform


Booksy Inc., Booksy Inc

BOTRAN Technology, LLC, Heavy Industry Process Additive

Bounce Children’s Foundation, Bounce Children’s Foundation

The Bra Lab, Interchangeable Bras of The Future

Braven, Inc., Braven at National Louis University

Braviant Holdings, Braviant Digital Lending Platform

Breakthrough Technologies, LLC, Loco

breathe with b, inc.

BrewBike Coffee, BrewBike


Brilliant Pet 2 LLC, BrilliantPad self-cleaning dog potty

Bump Club and Beyond BCB VIP Parent Perk Program

BundlAR, BundlAR

Bunker Labs, Bunker Labs


C.H.i.C.A.G.O, G pass

CafeBellas® Illinois Inc., CafeBellas Pop-Up Cafes Food Service Pods

Calumet Collaborative, Calumet Collaborative

Cameo, Cameo

Capsim Management Simulations Inc, CapsimCore

CareBand, CareBand

CareerBuilder, CareerBuilder Talent Discovery

Cariset, The Everyday Backpack

Carminati Consulting, Immuware by Carminati Consulting

Carter-Hoffmann, GardenChef

Catalytic, Inc., Catalytic Predict

Catapult Chicago, Catapult Chicago

Catch Co / Mystery Tackle Box, Shop Karl’s


CDJ Technologies, 3D Printing Large Scale

Center for Research on Self-Sufficiency (CROSS) at Loyola University Chicago, Transforming Impossible into Possible (TIP) Model


Changed LLC, ChangEd

CharacTour, CharacTour Social Community

Chef Driven Food Tours

Chicago Blockchain Project, CBP

Chicago for Chicagoans, Chicago for Chicagoans

Chicago History Museum, The Chicago 00 Project

Chicago Leadership Alliance, GoCivic platform.

Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network, Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network

Chill Meditation + Massage, Chill Meditation + Massage

Chowly, Chowly POS Integration

ChronicBabe, ChronicBabe 101: How to Craft an Incredible Life Beyond Illness

Chykalophia Group, Creative Women’s Co.

City of Aurora , Fiber Internet

City Tech Collaborative, CTA Night Game Alerts Pilot

CityBase, CityBase Screendoor

Cityzenith, Smart World Pro

Civic Leadership Academy at the University of Chicago, Civic Leadership Academy

The Civic Tech Collective, The Civic Tech Collective

Civis Analytics, Civis Analytics

CLEANCIO, Cleancio Turnover services for Airbnb Properties

Clearcover, Clearcover

CLEVER°FRANKE, Data Visualization

CloudSpotter, SpotMyPhotos (as a Licensed SaaS product)

Code Platoon, Code Platoon: Educating Veterans and Military Spouses to Become Software Development Professionals

Codemoji, Codemoji


Cognitive AI Technology, Carloudy Heads-up display system and Carloudy open platform

CoinFlip Crypto ATMs

ConfirmDocs LLC,

Convex Legal LLC, Convex Legal, LLC

Cora Home LLC, Cora

CoreFX Ingredients, NutriCore

CountBOX, CountBOX retail analytics and IoT

Coverware Essentials, Drink Tops™

Crane USA

Crucialvision, Inc.,

Culminate Health, Culminate Health

Cultura STEAM, Cultura STEAM

CurlMix Inc.

CycloPure, Inc., CycloPure CD-PFAS


D20 Robotics, The Snapshot

David Lynch Foundation, Quiet Time Program for Transcendental Meditation

Debate it Forward, Debate it Forward

Demo Duck, Demo Duck Launch

DePaul University Innovation Lab, DePaul iD-Lab

Design for America, DFA Summit

DeskView, DeskView

Digital Adventures, Digital Adventures

Digital Content Strategy LLC, Dental Ecosystem Marketing Bundle

Digital Factory, Micro-fencing

DigitalMint, Cryptocurrency Point-of-Sale Exchange

DigsFact LLC, DigsFact

Dimension Inx, 3D-Paints & 3D-Painting

Dimension Polymers, Recycled 3D Printing Filament

DisruptHR Chicago, DisruptHR Chicago

Dream On Education

Dresscode Tech, Dresscode Tech


eazyScripts Technology, eazyScripts

Edovo, Edovo Correctional Tablet Education and Communication

EduCode, EduCode USA Ltd

Elevate K-12, Elevate K-12

Enjoy Life Foods, Protein Bites

Enodo, Enodo

Enova Decisions, Enova Decisions

EnsoData, EnsoSleep

Ensono, Ensono M.O.

Envoy Global, Envoy Compliance

Ergo Impact, LeanRite Elite

Escape Artistry, Escape Artistry


Evati, Inc, Evati, Inc

eVisitorGuide, eVisitorGuide

EX3 Labs, Immersive Learning and Experience Design Labs

ExerciseBuddy, ExerciseBuddy

Exicure Spherical Nucleic Acid Therapeutics

EZ – POP TENNIS, Mobile Tennis Apparatus


FanFood, FanFood

Farmer’s Fridge, P4 (Profitable Perishability Prevention Platform)

FarmLogix, LLC, Open Fields / Aggrega8

Fastway Engineering, FEA Training and Consulting

Faucet Installers, Faucet Installers

FetchFind, FetchFind

Field Ready, Field Ready

First Alert, Onelink Safe & Sound

Fitness Cubed Inc., Cubii

Flexera, Flexera SaaS Manager

Flight Fillow, Flight Fillow

Floracracy, Floracracy Studio

Fluid Running, LLC, Fluid Running H2Go

Fooda, Fooda AI for Popup Restaurants

Foodvie, Foodvie

Fronen Foods, Inc., Frönen

Future Founders, Entrepreneurship Program Portfolio

THE FUTURE OF JEWELRY, The Future of Jewelry

FWD (For Women & Diversity) Collective, FWD Summits



Gather Activism , Gather Activism

Gospel Run, Chicago Gospel Run 5K – Event Platform

The Gray Matter Experience, The Gray Matter Experience

Greater Chicago Food Depository, FRESH Truck

GREY Lifestyle, Grey Skincare Collection

GRIDLIFE, GRIDLIFE Music and Motorsports Festival

GrowthPlay, GrowthPlay’s Chally

Guard Llama, Guard Llama

GuardianVets, GuardianVets

GX Ventures, GX Ventures

Gyst Audio, Gyst Audio, Audio Everything


Halo Investing, Structured Notes FinTech platform

Harmony Insights, Chicago HR Mastermind

Harris Fitness, LLC., Wearable Ergonomic

The Hatchery Chicago, The Hatchery Chicago

HayStack ABI, HayStack ABI

Health iPASS

Healthy GOO, Doggy GOO

Healthy Soil Compost, Community Compost Program

Heliponix, GroPod

HelloJoy, HelloJoy

High Wire Networks, Inc., Workview by High Wire Networks

Holberg Financial, Financial Health Score and Goals-Based Financial Health Platform

Holistic, Holistic Index

Home Chef, Home Chef meal creation and delivery services

Horizon Pharma, RAREis Playlist

Human Citizen Workplace, Human Citizen Workplace

Hyde Park Art Center


The I Project, The I Project

I Heart Keenwah, Chocolate Puffs

IA Collaborative , Humanscale Manual Reissue

iCOOK Inc, Nutrition Education Services for Elemntary Schools

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Survivor Stories Experience at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Illinois State Treasury, Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund

Illinois Tollway, I-90 SmartRoad

Illinois Tollway, Illinois Tollway’s Flex Lanes with Pace

Illinois Tollway, Customer Relationship Management System

improve it!, LLC, improve it! Improv for Business Methodology

IMProve: International Music Project, IMProve: International Music Project

Incremental Gains, The Rockstar Blueprint

inCyber Compliance, inCyber Dash

Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago, The Hatchery Chicago

Infutor Data Solutions, ID Max

Innovaxis Marketing, The B2B Ignite! Marketing Program

INVENT2026 NFP INC, Technology commercialization and SBIR support programming

Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT, PBC, Iroquois Valley Farms

Itzy Ritzy, Milk Boss™ Infant Feeding Support Pillow


JackBox Games, JackBox Party Pack 5

Javaya, Javaya

Jellyvision, ALEX Leave of Absence


Jones Software Corporation, iLikeMath

Journey Foods, Journey Foods


Kaizen Health, Kaizen Health

Kannatopia, Kannatopia

Kenna Security / / Sputnik Coffee Company, Sputnik Coffee Company

Keyo, Inc, Keyo

Kindle Communications, McDonald’s Worldwide 2018 Custom App

Kitchen Possible, Kitchen Possible

KitcheNet, Fresh Produce and Delivery Service

KloudScript, Inc., Community Led Specialty Pharmacy Care™


Knowles Corporation, IA-610 Smart Microphone


The Laboratory Chicago, The Laboratory Chicago

Lab Rabbit Optics, Lab Rabbit Optics

Lakeview Pantry, Lakeview Pantry


LEAP – Language Empowers All People, Beginning With Babble mobile app

LEEP Forward, Quantum LEEP Academy

Let Us Connect You(LUCY), Corp LUCY APP

Level Ex, Level Ex

Lil’ Gourmets, LLC, lil’gourmets fresh baby food

Lilsure, iBlaze

LimeRed, LimeRed Website Immersive Program

The Lincolnshire Resort LLC, dba noodle


Littelfuse, Inc., 1200V SiC MOSFET

Little Kids Rock, Modern Band – Chicago Music Expanded

Live Loop, Live Loop

LiveEquipd, LiveEquipd platform

Livongo, Livongo

Locale Vine, Locale Vine

LogicGate, LogicGate

Logistical Labs, RateDex

Lucky Lincoln Gaming, Lucky Lincoln Gaming – IL Slot Data™

LUMA – Luxury Matchmaking, LUMA – Luxury Matchmaking Services

LuminAID, Smart Solar Garden


M1 Finance, M1 Finance

MailControl, MailControl – Enterprise Protection Shield

MakeXchange LLC, Invention Kit

Mango Networx, Connect Globally and Innovate Process

Markit Medical, Markit Medical

Materials Development, Inc., dSAL™ (Digital Single-axis Acoustic Levitator) Instrument

Maxwell Telecare, Maxwell Telecare

McCormick’s Group, LLC, Printed Performancewear

MD Holdings Co., Maskerdoodles

Megalytics, Megalytics

mHUB, mHUB Chicago

mHUB Chicago, Innovation-as-a-Service

Michuda Construction, Inc., Michuda Mobile

Midwest Immersive, Gen-Z Desinger’s Snap Lens

Modest Coffee Inc., Single Origin Coffee Roasting

Molex, Woodhead ArcArrest 30A Connector System

Molex, 10 Gbps Automotive Ethernet Network Solution

Monument Labs, Inc., Monument

Moon Meals, Inc., Fiesta Wrap

My Home Expert, preventative home maintenance program


National Louis University, Pathways at NLU

Neopenda, Neopenda newborn vital signs monitor

Networked Robotics Corporation, Collection and Integration of Scientific Data Streams

New Home Star, New Home Connect

NexLP, NexLP Story Engine

NextWaveSTEM, NextWaveSTEM

NOOA Global, NOOA Global

NORC at the University of Chicago, AmeriSpeak


Northern Trust  Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund (ILGIF)

Novatio Solutions, Robotics process automation

Nu-Way Industries, Inc., Rx Medication Disposal Kiosk

NutMeg’s, NutMeg’s


OfficeLuv, OfficeLuv Ordering Platform


OneMe PBC, OneMe PBC

ONLI STUDIOS, LLC, Rhythmistic Graphic Novels

OnShore Technology Group, Inc., ValidationMaster

Opian Music, Opian’s Video Game

OppLoans, UWScore2

The Optime Group, Healthcare Demand Forecasting and Prescriptive Workforce Strategy

Optivolt Labs, Solar Optimization Technology

Oranj, Oranj

Orbital Transports, Small Satellite Solutions

Otus, Otus

Oval Fire Products Corporation, Oval Brand Fire Extinguishers

OwlKat, OwlKat


PanaceaNano, Inc., PanaceaNano, Inc.

Pangea Medical, Pangea Medical readmission reduction program

Paragon Biosciences, LLC., Paragon Biosciences

Pareto Intelligence, Pareto Revenue Integrity

Parker Dewey LLC, Parker Dewey Micro-Internships

Participate, Participate Educator Community of Practice

Peapod, Peapod’s ADA Compliance

PEOPLE6, People6

Percent Pledge, Percent Pledge

Petal Technology, Telepathic technology

PetCure Oncology, PetCure Oncology

Phenix, Phenix PCast

Pie for Providers, Pie for Providers

PopScholar, LLC

PowerReviews, PowerReviews platform

Practicing Wisely, Practicing Wisely

Pre Brands, Pre Brands

PreparedHealth, enTouch

Preparture Inc, Preparture

PreScouter, PreScouter Research Support Service (RSS)

PriceLabs Inc, PriceLabs

Prince Castle, Modular Holding Bin

Prominence Advisors, Healthcare Data Extraction Console

Promotable, Promotable

Proxfinity, Inc., Proxfinity Central, Client Portal

ProxyPics, ProxyPics

Public Rec, All Day Every Day Pant


Quality Logo Products, No Surprise Pricing

Quevos, Quevos Egg White Chips


R.I.S.E. for Women in Real Estate, R.I.S.E. for Women in Real Estate

Radio Flyer, 3-in-1 EZ Fold Wagon® with Canopy

Rapunzl Investments, Rapunzl (mobile app)

RE: Chiropractic + Wellness, RE: Chiropractice + Wellness

real food blends, Real Food Blends meals

Reality Bytes, Reality Bytes

Red Arrow Tap Room, Red Arrow Tap Room

Regroup, Regroup

REM-Fit , ZEEQ Smart Pillow

Rentgrata, Rentgrata

Republic Airways, Crew Life mobile app

Research And Me, Universal Research Recruitment

Resonance Medical, otoTune

ReturnRunners, ReturnRunners, Reverb LP

Rheaply, Inc., Rheaply’s Marketplace

RhinoDox, The RhinoDox Platform

RompHim, Male romper (RompHim)

Roq Innovation, Headlightz

Royal Cyber Inc. , Monitor Pro

Royal Cyber Inc., AIagentBot

Royal Cyber Inc., Cybershop

Royal Cyber Inc. , Royal cyber BlockChain Solution

RozaRoute, Route

Ruta Naturals, Natural Skincare Line

Ryu Coin, Ryu Coin


The Safe + Fair Food Company

Sagegreenlife, Living Walls


Seed CX Ltd., Seed CX derivatives exchange

ShedWool, ShedWool

ShoppingGives, Change Commerce

Shoulder Bare Ltd, Barelastics

ShowingHero, ShowingHero

Sidekick Education, Sidekick Education

Sigmafitus, Transforma X

Simply Crafts creative hands, The Back Supporter

SITE, Pavement/Property Assessment Technology

SitStayRead, Chicago Public School Kindergarten Dog-Assisted Literacy Program

Sittercity, Chime by Sittercity

Sixense Strategy

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLC (SOM), Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) 1.0

Sky Cubacub, Rebirth Garments

SlapMap, SlapMap

smART postcards inc., smART postcards serial photo postcards

Smokeball, Auto:Time


SNOOZ, SNOOZ White Noise Machine


Soloinsight Inc., CloudGate Security Platform

Solstice Global, Impact Initiative


SparkShop, SparkShop

Speciate AI, Product Signals, Market Signals and Hoot!

Spice of Life Tours, Spice of Life Tours

Square Roots Kitchen, Proprietary Ordering & Kitchen Management System (KMS)

Square Roots Kitchen, Kitchen Management System

St Mary’s University London, Window Mirror Inc.

State Matters, State Matters

Steel Manufacturing Simulation & Visualization Consortium (SMSVC), Steel Manufacturing Simulation & Visualization Consortium

Steele Consulting Group, Real estate consulting

Sterling TerraLam CLT Mats, TerraLam CLT manufacturing line

Strike Social, Strike Social

Strum LLC, Strum

SUJO / Odeon Media Inc., SUJO: The Social News App

Surgical Directions, Surgical Services Heatmap

Swap Motors, Swap Motors

SwiftIQ, SwiftIQ Retail Execution Cloud


SystemDomain, Cyber Security Product Portfolio


Tada Cognitive Solutions, LLC, TADA

Tanvas, TanvasTouch Technology

Tastebud Tours, Chicago World’s Fair/1893 Columbian Exposition Food Tour

tastytrade / tastyworks

Tempo, Tempo Sparkling Tea

Termageddon LLC, Termageddon, LLC

Texture Health, Texture Health

Think Jerky, Think Jerky

ThirdSpace, ThirdSpace

Tiesta Tea, Tiesta Tea Cold Brew

Tigerlily Music (Wendy & DB)


TransMax CPR Academy, LLC, TransMax CPR Patient Simulator

Transparent Energy, Transparent Energy Auctions

Transship Corp LLC, Transship Corp LLC

Treblemonsters LLC, Treblemonsters

Tripp Lite, Charging Station Carts

truCrowd Illinois, Inc., truCrowd Equity Crowdfunding Platform

TruePublic, TruePublic

Truesdale Coaching and Consulting LLC, Truesdale Coaching and Consulting LLC

Truss, Truss

Tyson Innovation Lab, ¡Yappah! Crisps



UI LABS, Intelligent Welding Prototype

Üllo, Üllo

Unanimous AI, Swarm AI

Unearth the World, Unearth the World’s Global Training Program

United Way, Metro Chicago, Everyone Can Code

Uphold Health, Advance Care Navigation

Upkey, Upkey

UPShow, UPShow Social Media Platform

Urban Rivers, The Wild Mile


Vacation Fund, Employer-matched Vacation Saving

Vaporstream, Vaporstream Engage

vAuto, Nexi

Verenia , Verenia for NetSuite

Victory Lap, Victory Lap

ViMedicus, ViCare

The Virtual Foundry, The Virtual Foundry

Vodori, Pepper Flow

Von Technologies, LLC, WiFi Wisely

VouchCircle, VouchCircle

Voyant Diagnostics, Inc., Voyant Diagnostics, Inc.

vPeer, vPeer,


WatchTower, WatchTower

we all live here, we all live here ACT Program

Webanywhere, MyDegree

West Monroe Partners, Rapid Analytics Platform (RAP)

WhiSki Poles LLC, WhiSki Poles = Ski Pole Flasks

Wide Afternoon, LLC, Wide Afternoon, LLC

WindowMirror, Butterfly

WindyCitySDR, Software Defined Radio Distracted Driving System

Winston Privacy, Winston Privacy

WishYourPrice Inc, WishYourPrice

Wixter Market, Wixter Market

Wordzen, Wordzen’s Gmail Add-on

Wow Bao, Wow Bao full-automated front of house service by eatsa technology


XentStudios, LLC, Xentify VR


YASOU “a toast to your health” | skin care, YASOU skin care

Year Up Chicago, Year Up Chicago

YMCA Of Metropolitan Chicago (the Y), The Learning Institute

YOLK, Solar Paper

Young Chicago Authors, Bomb Squad Artistic Apprenticeship Program


ZaMLabs, Inc, Appolition

Zebra Technologies, The ZC350 Card Printer

Zero Keyboard Inc, Zero Keyboard, Journyz employee engagement platform

ZipSeam, ZipSeam 3

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